Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter
August 2015
Joining us as the special guests at our August meeting will be Tom Kenny from the Caulkins Water Farming Project and Jeff Sumner, PE, Director of Agricultural Policy at South Florida Water Management District.
We hope to see you Thursday August 27th at 11 am, Stuart City Hall.
Tom Kenny will be talking about the Water Farming Pilot Project known as "Caulkins", located in Indiantown. The Caulkins Water Farm proposes to expand it's existing 413 acre pilot project – Tom will explain how water farming is an alternative water storage option that adds to, and supplements, other existing and proposed water retention, storage and diversion projects designed to reduce destructive discharges from Lake Okeechobee and local drainage.
Jeff Sumner will be providing data and analysis from the SFWMD of the Water Farming Project.
The Rivers Coalition meeting, as always, is open to the public and there is plenty of free parking available. We'll even have coffee and donuts for you.
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Agenda for Thursday August 27th, 2015

Meeting - Thursday, August 27th, 2015

11:00am – 12:30pm at: City of Stuart Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994
Business Matters
  • Chairman’s Comments - Leon Abood
  • Special Presentation - Tom Kenny, Caulkins Water Farm & Jeff Sumner, PE, SFWMD
  • River Kidz of Martin County - Nic Mader/Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch 
  • River Kidz of St. Lucie County - Katy Lewey
  • Speakers Bureau - Todd Weissing
Government & Agency Progress Reports
  • Martin County - Deborah Drum/Don Donaldson
  • South Florida Water Mgmt District - Kathy LaMartina
  • FDEP - 
Coalition Reports
  • Local Issues & Estuary Water Quality - Mark Perry 
  • WRAC “Water Resources Advisory Commission” Mark Perry
  • Indian Riverkeeper Update - Marty Baum
  • Federal & State Issues-CERP/IRL & Lake Okeechobee - Kevin Henderson / Paul Gray
2015 Meeting Schedule
The 2015 meetings will be held at
City Hall – Commissions Chamber
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, FL 34994  
September 23 - Weds 6:00pm – 7:30pm
October 29 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm
* Please note that evening meetings are held on Wednesdays instead of the usual Thursdays
Martin County River Kidz
The River Kidz founders, Evie Flaugh and Naia Mader were very honored when asked to speak at the Economic Council of Martin County on August 13th.  The event promoted leadership in youths at the annual Kids of the Council breakfast at Willoughby Country Club.  The breakfast included many other children of the members of the Economic Council, ages 2-16, along with 5 of our River Kidz who have had a long history with us. All the kids were introduced by name, with age, school attended and hobbies added.
The Kids of the Council breakfast was very special because, as Charles Gerardi put it, this breakfast is solely about the kids and making them feel important.
 Sheriff William Snyder, also a guest speaker, spoke about inspiring leadership in all of us by encouraging us to do our part, however big or small, in our community.


River Kidz Dates to Note for September
Saturday, September 19th: Ohana Surf shop and River Kidz pair up for the international coastal clean-up at Stuart beach - a morning of fun!  Clean up and surf!
Saturday, September 26th: the Indian River Lagoon Science Fest in Ft Pierce - the River Kidz will have a booth there with their spin the Indian River Lagoon wheel environmental education game.
 Additional details will follow by email and River Kidz Face Book page.
Click here to view a copy of the Marty the Manatee Workbook!
10 Things Every River Kid Should Know!
How to Become a RiverKidz Member!
Follow RiverKidz on Facebook! 
Check out what we are up to!
Speakers Bureau
 If you are interested in having a representative of the Rivers Coalition speak to your group, please contact Todd Weissing at 772-223-6743 or by email at 
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Thank you for all your support.
Editors: Olivia Sala
Katherine Luger
PO Box 2627 
Stuart, Fl 34995 
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